Monday, September 30, 2013

Plastic frames and Instagram

Hi guys! I am so, so sorry for being a bad blogger. I have an idea: Please, come and follow me on INSTAGRAM! I am going to keep posting my work here too, but I am much more often on IG. Would love to see you there! I would love to follow you too. I don't have much time for blog surfing. Admiring my friends' work on IG, I can do on the go ;-)

A week ago, I had a fun little tutorial over at the October Afternoon blog. I played with shrinking plastic and made this cute little frame.

You can find my tutorial HERE. It's super easy. And I must say that I love how it turned out :-)

Here is the whole layout. I have mixed the Daily Flash Summertime and Girl Talk lines.

I love OA's Daily Flash roller stamps! Love, love, love them!

Once again, I really, really hope to see you over at Instagram
Thanks for stopping by today!

EDIT: Linking up to the "Pocket Full of Sunshine" issue over at Paper Issues.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Paper Issues: Endless Summer

Hi everyone! It's time for a new issue over at Paper Issues! Yay! The issue theme is "Endless Summer".

This time, we are making it even simpler for you to win. ALL you need to do is link up projects (old or new) that go with the theme. No blog hop, nothing. Just show us your lovely work and you could be the one to win a $20 gift certificate in the Paper Issues shop.

Here is what I have made.

The layout is about one thing we've been doing the whole summer: swinging. Adrian loves it.

I have used the beautiful Family Stories line from Teresa Collins. I've been dying to play with it!

Throughout the page I've been trying to emphasize the fact that this is something we do every day :-)

I hope you feel inspired to jump over to Paper Issues and link up some of your "Endless Summer" projects! You can read more about it HERE,

And if you want to get some of the beautiful Teresa Collins products (or why not the new Dear Lizzy, Amy Tangerine or Crate???), check out the PI shop and use my code ALEX20 to get 20% off your entire order. You get also a free US shipping for orders over $60 (before discount!!!). Almost too good to be true!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Life.Paper.Scrapbook: September Color Challenge

Hi guys! Are you ready for a new Life.Paper.Scrapbook color challenge? This month, we are playing with these beautiful colors:

This time, I decided to make a card using the pretty Sweet Shoppe collection from Lily Bee.

Our sponsor this time is Big Picture Classes. They are giving away a spot on their Craft Happy class.

To read more about it, head over to the Life.Paper.Scrapbook blog. I hope you will play along with us! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pretty frame tutorial

As promised, I am here today to share a tutorial on how to make these pretty frames with a Cameo. As a bonus, you get a little sneak peek of something fun I am working on ;-)

Besides a sketch pen, you need to find a picture of a frame you like. Any .jpg or .png file will do. I don't think you'll be able to see anything if I embed the video in the post, so jump over to Flickr and see it there. Click HERE . Hope you will enjoy the video. It's super simple ;-)

Edit: When I made the video, I used another pen to sketch my frame. It didn't feel 100% right once I used it for the layout above, so I made a new one. But the technique is the same...

Thanks for watching! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

OMG! She can write!!!

When my OA girlie Nicole Harper asked me if I wanted to make a layout for the Sunday sketch over at Studio Calico, I was over the moon of excitement! I instantly knew what I wanted to make, but God did I struggle! I think I wanted too much. I admit, I was really nervous about going up on the SC blog. Reeeeally nervous. It took me days to finish my layout! I kinda like the result though :-) Here it is:

The layout is about my daughter learning to write. All the sudden, her little notes started to pop-up all over the house. Seeing the first one, the black one saying "Flea market open", was a real OMG moment for me. We've been practicing, but I had no idea she got it :-)

I have used the Travel Girl collection from October Afternoon. I punched the OMG from one of the papers using the Epiphany Crafts round 25 shape. The sheet with alpha stickers felt perfect as a background.

The note above I found on her door. It says: "Knock on Linnea's door". LOL! Already? She just turned 5! 

You can see the sketch I used and read more about my interpretation on the Studio Calico's blog. I hope you feel inspired to play along! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 
EDIT: I am linking up this layout to the "The World is a Circle" issue over at Paper Issues.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Words of Love

Hi guys! In case you missed it, I was up on the October Afternoon blog yesterday with my very first sketch challenge. This is the sketch I shared:

And here is my own take on it:

I think this just might be one of my favorite layouts ever. It is about Linnea's way of expressing her love for he little brother. She can say the sweetest things. One time, she bend down, kissed him and said: "Mom, it feels like the tears of love in my eyes." Or that one time when she suddenly started to cry when they were cuddling. When we asked her why, she said: "Oh, mummy! I am so sad because I love him so much and I know that I can't marry him when I grow up!". Awwww! I just had to write all those thing down...

I made these frames with my Cameo. I am going to make a tutorial to show you how simple it was. Keep an eye on my blog next week if you are interested. 

For this layout, I have used the Travel Girl collection and the alpha stickers from Daily Flash. I hope that you like it and I hope that you feel inspired to create something using my sketch. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Life.Paper.Scrapbook: September Sketch

Hi everyone! It's time for the September sketch challenge over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook! I had so much fun playing with it and I could barely wait for this day to come so I could share it with you :-)

I have used one horizontal picture instead of two vertical ones. I've been dying to scrap this midsummer photo of my daughter! I love how you can see a little spitfire in her behind that cute little face :-) The Saltwater collection from Elle's Studio felt perfect for this layout! 

This was my last pink disco heart from Heidi Swapp *sob* I wanted to hoard it, but it felt just too perfect here... I had to *sob*... use it... *sob*

This vellum must be my favorite part of the Saltwater collection!

 The little heart stickers and the "like" rub-ons are from Heidi Swapp, too. 

Can you tell I love Elle's Studio? I've had so much fun with the Saltwater and the Cameron collection, but I am running out of it! I can't wait for the new Penelope to reach my door! It's gorgeous!!! And the best part? It is now up in the Paper Issues store! Yaaaay!! Go and grab some while it lasts! Don't forget to use my code ALEX20 to get 20% off your entire order.

Now head off to the Life.Paper.Scrapbook blog to see what other DT members made of this sketch. Be prepared to get inspired! I hope you will play along with us! Our sponsor this time is Poly! Scrap kits and they are giving away some pretty awesome prizes. So awesome that I wish I was eligible to play! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Crate Paper - August Creative Weekly Challenge

Hi guys! I am sorry for being a bad blogger. I have had a house full of guests AND a broken photo printer, but I've been scrapping in my head ;-) So as soon as I got a chance (and a new printer!), I made this layout for Crate's August weekly challenge which is all about navy blue and sequins. I had the whole design done in my head, so it took me less than an hour to put it together. It would have taken me less than 20 minutes if only my design didn't involve thousands of blue little sequins ;-)

I have mixed Crate's The Pier and Story Teller collections. To cover the chevron pattern with sequins, I used the Glossy Accent. I covered the pattern with pretty thick layer of Glossy Accent and throw lots and lots of sequins over it. After it dried, I shook off those sequins that didn't stick.

The layout is about me right now. About how much I enjoy being at home with my kids, being away from my job. I enjoy it so much that it sometimes scares me. I hope that I will get back in touch with my ambitious side, with the engineer inside me, once it's time to get back to the reality. 

I have signed up for Jill Sprott's Scrapbooking from the Soul workshop over at Two Peas. I can really recommend it to all of you soul scrappers out there. Jill's class reminded me why I started to scrap. I want my layouts to be more than just pretty papers and photos. I want them to tell a story, to mean something. I had that class in mind while creating this layout and I tried to give journaling a lot of space and make it an important part of the overall design.

I love how this layout turned out. It felt important for me to capture and write down these feelings, this story. I hope that Crate will like it too :-)

Are you looking for sequins? Check out the Paper Issues shop. If you are looking for colors that are not listed, contact Cassie and ask her about it. Feel free to use my code ALEX20 to get 20% off your entire order. 

Thanks for stopping by today!